- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 27, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A judge has rejected a request for a mistrial from lawyers for a man accused in the killing of a 15-year-old Delaware high school student.

Diamonte Taylor is charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in the 2016 death of Brandon Wingo of Wilmington. Prosecutors say the 20-year-old Taylor was the triggerman who shot Wingo in a rivalry between teen street gangs.

The News Journal reports Taylor’s lawyers argued in court Monday that a false statement given by a prosecution witness left Taylor unfairly prejudiced and requires a mistrial.

A prosecutor said the witness may have misunderstood a question asked by one of Taylor’s lawyers.

On Tuesday, Judge Vivian Medinilla rejected the request for a mistrial, saying “curative measures” had been taken to make sure Taylor receives a fair trial.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com


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